Here’s what you need to know about Texas’ permitless carry law set to take effect in September

Here's what you need to know about Texas' permitless carry law set to take effect in September

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill last week that will allow handguns to be carried in Texas without a permit. Here’s what you should know about the law that will take effect on Sept. 1: Who can carry a gun under the new law? The law applies only to those 21 or older with a clean criminal record. Who is excluded from the new law? A Texan currently disqualified from possessing a firearm will still be prohibited under the new law. Lawmakers also raised the penalties for illegal weapons carried by felons and those convicted of family violence offenses. The bill allows for the expunction of criminal records for unlawful carrying of a handgun in a nonprohibited place before the Sept. 1 start date. How can a lawful person carry the gun? Under the new law, a person can carry a handgun either concealed or carried openly in a holster. MORE: Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill to allow Texans to carry handguns without a permit The measure repealed the requirement that the holster must be a "belt or shoulder" holster, expanding the law to include belly bands, waistband holsters, ankle holsters, pocket holsters, thigh holsters and more. Where can you carry a handgun without a permit? Texans can carry handguns openly or concealed in public, most state government buildings and businesses that do not prohibit them. The state already does not require a license to openly carry a long gun, and the open carry of handguns with a permit […]

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